Daimler Trucks Announces Top Management Changes
in its Asian Operations
||Dr. Albert Kirchmann will become Chairman of Daimler Trucks Asia
||Marc Llistosella will become new Head of Daimler Trucks Asia (FUSO and BharatBenz)
||Michael Kamper will become new Head of Marketing, Sales & Customer Services Trucks Asia
Stuttgart/ Kawasaki /Chennai – Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) and Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. (DICV) that cooperate together under the Umbrella of Daimler Trucks Asia, today announced important personnel changes in their Board of Management.
Dr. Albert Kirchmann (58), currently Head of Daimler Trucks Asia, will become Chairman of Daimler Trucks Asia as of April 1, 2015. In this position, he will consult and support the company’s strategic development and will continue to represent Daimler on the political level as well as in industry associations in Japan. Working in the company since 1984, Dr. Kirchmann has held various leadership positions in the areas of planning, controlling, and strategy over many years. He assumed his current position in June 2009.
“I would like to thank Albert Kirchmann for his extra-ordinary personal dedication, bringing Daimler Trucks in Asia a major step forward. His growth strategy ‘FUSO 2015’ has sustainably strengthened MFTBC’s competitiveness and has yielded in a FUSO model range that resonates extremely well with our customers in Japan and in our export markets. Under his leadership, our Asia business has successfully grown together under the roof of Daimler Trucks Asia,” Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, Member of the Daimler Board of Management with responsibility for Daimler Trucks & Buses, said. “His great personal engagement during the triple catastrophe of the Earthquake crisis in 2011 shows, that Albert Kirchmann acts with heart, mind, and passion for employees and society. We are pleased that he will continue to contribute to our company’s success as Chairman of Daimler Trucks Asia.”
Takao Suzuki (70), currently MFTBC Chairman of the Board, will become Senior Adviser as of April 1. 2015. In the company since 2008, Suzuki has led the company’s external affairs and corporate ethics.
Dr. Albert Kirchmann said: “We thank him for his dedication for MFTBC. His support based on various experience in the Japanese automotive industries has contributed to our success in many projects.”
Marc Llistosella (47), currently Head of Marketing, Sales & Aftersales Trucks Asia & Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV), will become Head of Daimler Trucks Asia (FUSO and BharatBenz) as of April 1, 2015. He entered the then Daimler-Benz AG in 1994 and held various management positions in sales and strategy. From the beginning of the planning phase, Llistosella was responsible for Daimler Trucks’ market entry in India, leading the successful development of the new brand BharatBenz. In August 2014, he took over responsibility for the entire MFTBC product portfolio.
“Within a very short time, Marc Llistosella has firmly established the BharatBenz brand in the Indian commercial vehicle industry. Developing a tailored product portfolio, he proved that he understands the customers’ demands very well. Along with Albert Kirchmann, he is one of the architects of Daimler Trucks Asia,” said Dr. Bernhard. “I am convinced Marc Llistosella will manage the continuity and sustainability of our achievements and has the ability to set new initiatives in times of new challenges with his profound Asia know-how,” said Dr. Kirchmann.
Michael Kamper (49), currently Managing Director Trucks at Mercedes-Benz UK, will become new Head of Marketing, Sales & Customer Services Trucks Asia as of March 1, 2015. In the company since 1995, Kamper has proven his expertise in truck business in various leading positions in international sales and customer experience.
“Michael Kamper is an acknowledged truck expert with long-lasting experience in international sales and customer experience. I am pleased he will take over this responsible position and further advance FUSO’s successful sales development,” Dr. Kirchmann commented.
These changes have been decided by the Board of Management, Daimler AG, and are subject to approval by the Board of Directors and the Shareholder’s Meeting of MFTBC.
Daimler Trucks in Asia – MFTBC and DICV joining forces under the ‘Asia Business Model’
Since May 2013, Daimler Trucks has been announcing a close cooperation of its Asian entities MFTBC and DICV under the umbrella of Daimler Trucks Asia. While DICV has begun production and export of trucks under the FUSO brand, selected functions like R&D, Life-cycle management and some administrative functions have also been put under joint leadership. Both entities had a successful year with FUSO stabilizing sales and even doubling its African sales in the first 2 months of 2014, and BharatBenz becoming number 4 in the Indian market only 15 months after launch.
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Based in Kawasaki, Japan, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) is one of Asia's leading commercial vehicle manufacturers. In 2013, the company sold a total of about 172,400 vehicles including light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses. Daimler AG owns 89.29% of MFTBC shares and various Mitsubishi group companies own 10.71% of MFTBC shares. MFTBC is an integral part of the Daimler Trucks Division of Daimler AG.